Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time! (PB)

Thursday, Nov. 17, is the famous day of the release of the traditional Beaujolais Nouveau. With 70 million bottles going out worldwide, it appears everywhere. Prices tend to range anywhere from $8 -$11 usually and is guzzling wine at its simple, best.

There is nothing complicated about the Gamay grape which is harvested by hand–a requirement fixed by law. In a good year, this wine, made in the southern Burgundy region of France is luscious, fruity and a beverage to chill and serve up with a broad variety of food stuffs.

Production of this wine takes no more than 6 weeks and is made to drink as soon as it arrives. This is not a wine to keep around and in fact it will be “shot” typically within a year of its release which is always on the third Thursday of November marking the beginning of the holiday season.

To be honest, for the last four or five years I have not had a Beaujolais Nouveau I have truly enjoyed but the predictions for this harvest are supposedly great. So give it a shot; bring home a bottle, throw it in the fridge for an hour and try it out. If you find one you really like, let us know about it! Raise a glass!

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